Mills Medalist At 2011 APL


Jonathan Randolph stands at even par after shooting 71 on Tuesday at Old Macdonald to go along with his 71 on Monday at the Bandon Trails course. (Steven Gibbons/USGA)
By Michael Trostel, USGA
June 29, 2011

 

Bandon, Ore. – Corbin Mills of Easley, S.C., fired a championship-best, 4-under-par 67 on Tuesday to earn medalist honors at the 2011 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Mills’ 3-under-par total of 138 bested Jonathan Randolph by three strokes.

Starting on the 10th hole at Old Macdonald, one of two courses being used for the championship this week, the 21-year-old Mills reeled off four consecutive birdies from holes 13 to 16 on the 7,016-yard, par-71 layout. This came a day after he posted a 1-over 71 at Bandon Trails.

Randolph, 22, of Brandon, Miss., shot his second consecutive even-par round to finish at 141, two shots ahead of three players, including 2010 APL quarterfinalist Harris English of Athens, Ga.

Nearly an inch of rain fell at the resort between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, softening conditions for the players. 

Additionally, winds that gusted to more than 30 miles per hour on Monday were comparatively calm on Tuesday, allowing for more favorable scoring conditions. 

Fifteen golfers, led by Mills’ 67, broke par after Devon Purser of Clearfield, Utah, was the lone player to better par on Monday at Bandon Trails. Purser shot a 75 on Tuesday.

Mills, a junior at Clemson, capitalized on his good fortune in the draw (morning on Monday and afternoon on Tuesday) and took advantage of the benign conditions.

“I got blessed with the weather,” said Mills, who avoided Monday’s rain. “I birdied four in a row on the back nine, all inside 15 feet, and missed another short one on 17. The greens were softer today and I was able to take advantage.”

His only bogey came on the par-3 fifth hole when he three-putted from 40 feet.

Mills rebounded quickly, though, by making a birdie 4 at the par-5 sixth before closing with three pars.

Though the 2011 APL is Mills’ third USGA championship and second APL, it is the first time he has qualified for match play.

“I’ve grown a lot the last couple of years since I’ve been in school,” said Mills. “I’ve learned a lot. That’s been the difference this week.”

Like Mills, Randolph had a hot start to his round, hitting a wedge to 10 feet to set up a birdie on the par-4 first hole en route to going out in 31.

After a three-putt bogey at 10 and a double bogey at 11 when he found a pot bunker with his approach, Randolph got back to basics by hitting greens and making pars.

 “As you can see with the high scores, par is your friend on a lot of holes,” said Randolph. “You need to take what the course will give you because the way it’s set up, if you try to get a little fancy you’re going to hit it in some spots you didn’t even know existed.”

Randolph has plenty of experience playing on links courses and is looking forward to match play. Last summer, he played in both the British Amateur at Muirfield and the Palmer Cup at Royal Portrush.

“As strange as it sounds to say a Mississippi boy is used to playing links golf, I’ve had a little experience in these kinds of conditions and know what it takes in match play,” said Randolph.

Alex Edfort, 19, of Somerset, N.J., is part of the group at 2-over 143. Edfort birdied all three of the par 5s on Old Macdonald in carding a 68.

“I certainly got the good end of the draw, getting out in the morning yesterday and you couldn’t ask for better weather this afternoon,” said Edfort. “It was warm with no wind – perfect scoring conditions.”

The scores supported Edfort’s claims as the top nine finishers during stroke-play qualifying started early Monday and late Tuesday.  

Six players from the other half of the draw finished at 4-over 145, including Charlie Hughes, 19, of Canada, one of three players representing the University of Washington this week.  

Hughes is no stranger to success at Bandon, having recorded his first college victory at the Bandon Dunes Championship three months ago.  

“I’ve been able to keep my ball out of the wind,” said Hughes. “I did that in March when I won the college event here. And I’ve been able to stick with it. I feel really comfortable in the wind.” 

Six golfers played off for two spots to round out the 64-player match-play portion of the championship, which begins Wednesday at Bandon Trails. Max McKay and Greg O’Connor, who secured the 63rd and 64th seeds, respectively, took very different routes to get into the playoff. McKay played his final three holes in four over, while O’Connor birdied three of his final six holes just to get in the playoff.  

After Wednesday’s first round of match play, the final five rounds will be at Old Macdonald, including Saturday’s 36-hole final. 

This year’s APL is being played concurrently at Bandon Dunes with the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship. Cheyenne Woods was the WAPL medalist, shooting a 2-under 69 at Bandon Trails on Tuesday for a two-day total of 141. The WAPL field will begin match play at Old Macdonald on Wednesday, then switch to Bandon Trails on Thursday and return to Old Macdonald on Friday for the final three rounds. 

Michael Trostel is the curator/historian at the USGA Museum. Email him at mtrostel@usga.org. 

 

Bandon, Ore. – Results from Tuesday’s second and final stroke-play qualifying round at the 86 th U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship being played at 7,016-yard, par-71 Old Macdonald at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Note: First round was played at 6,832-yard, par-70 Bandon Trails. (*-Denotes playoff for final match-play spots) 

  

Corbin Mills, Easley, S.C. - 71-67--138

Jonathan Randolph, Brandon, Miss. - 70-71--141

Alex Edfort, Somerset, N.J. - 75-68--143

Harris English, Thomasville, Ga. - 73-70--143

Paul McConnell, Garland, Texas - 75-68--143

Chris Williams, Moscow, Idaho - 72-72--144

Maxwell Marsico, Las Vegas, Nev. - 70-74--144

Josh Anderson, Murrieta, Calif. - 72-72--144

Devon Purser, Clearfield, Utah - 69-75--144

Todd Baek, San Diego, Calif. - 76-69--145

Tim Cochran, Des Peres, Mo. - 71-74--145

Julian Suri, St. Augustine, Fla. - 72-73--145

John Thompson, Coconut Creek, Fla. - 72-73--145

Derek Ernst, Clovis, Calif. - 70-75--145

Kyle Beversdorf, Plymouth, Minn. - 73-72--145

Talor Gooch, Midwest City, Okla. - 72-73--145

Ben Geyer, Arbuckle, Calif. - 75-70--145

Anthony Degol, Hollidaysburg, Pa. - 72-73--145

Charlie Hughes, Canada - 71-74--145

James Erkenbeck, San Diego, Calif. - 73-73--146

J.J. Spaun, Los Angeles, Calif. - 76-70--146

Daniel Miernicki, Santee, Calif. - 76-70--146

Kevin Fitzgerald, Riverside, Calif. - 78-69--147

Jed Dirksen, Hampton, Iowa - 76-71--147

Joon Heui Lee, Las Cruces, N.M. - 79-68--147

T.J. Howe, Osceola, Pa. - 75-72--147

Jack Schultz, Whitefish Bay, Wis. - 77-71--148

Taylor Smith, Covington, Ga. - 74-74--148

Scott Kammann, Baneberry, Tenn. - 73-75--148

Jim Liu, Smithtown, N.Y. - 78-70--148

Alex Williams, Cornwall On Hudson, N.Y. - 79-69--148

John Peterson, Fort Worth, Texas - 77-71--148

Peter Williamson, Hanover, N.H. - 74-74--148

Brodie Hullinger, Vivian, S.D. - 78-71--149

Harold Varner III, Gastonia, N.C. - 73-76--149

Alexander Moore, Richland, Wash. - 76-73--149

Herbie Aikens, Pembroke, Mass. - 75-74--149

Andrew Gain, Bradenton, Fla. - 76-73--149

Clifford Blanquicet Jr., Sanford, N.C. - 77-72--149

Andrew Vijarro, Bend, Ore. - 74-75--149

Robert Hoadley, Southern Pines, N.C. - 79-70--149

Kevin Rei, Chico, Calif. - 72-77--149

Daniel Falcucci, Worcester, Mass. - 75-74--149

Sean Maekawa, Paauilo, Hawaii - 77-72--149

Scott Pinckney, Scottsdale, Ariz. - 77-72--149

Chris Mory, Haslett, Mich. - 82-68--150

Kevin Miller, Dover, Ohio - 77-73--150

T.J. Shuart, Coral Springs, Fla. - 78-72--150

Garrett Rank, Canada - 82-68--150

Nick MacDonald, Lebanon, N.H. - 76-74--150

Joseph David, Madison, Tenn. - 76-74--150

Peter Kyo Won Koo, Korea - 77-73--150

Eric Steger, Noblesville, Ind. - 74-77--151

Jesse Droemer, Sealy, Texas - 79-72--151

David Flynn, Elk Grove Village, Ill. - 77-74--151

Kevin Lee, Cerritos, Calif. - 74-77--151

Minghao Wang, Alpharetta, Ga. - 78-73--151

David Smith, Plymouth, Minn. - 77-74--151

Dan Ellis, Negaunee, Mich. - 77-74--151

J.J. Holen, Castaic, Calif. - 77-74--151

Bryan Bergna, Riverside, Calif. - 77-74--151

Paul Misko, Thousand Oaks, Calif. - 75-76--151

*-Greg O'Connor, Alpharetta, Ga. - 76-76—152 (3)

*-Max McKay, St. Augustine, Fla. - 76-76--152 (3)

Failed To Qualify 

*-Jon Lindstrom, Broomfield, Colo. - 74-78--152 (4)

*-Alexander Medinis, Fort Myers, Fla. - 75-77--152 (4)

*-J.T. Griffin, Wilson, N.C. - 75-77--152 (4)

*-Paul McClure, Mobile, Ala. - 77-75--152 (4)

Jared Walahoski, Iowa City, Iowa - 75-78--153

Trevor Simsby, Carlsbad, Calif. - 76-77--153

Jason Millard, Murfreesboro, Tenn. - 73-80--153

Joshua Manske, Algona, Iowa - 80-74--154

Brandon Gama, Santa Barbara, Calif. - 78-76--154

Bill Anderson, Deltona, Fla. - 77-77--154

Tyler Gann, Tomball, Texas - 80-74--154

Kevin Josephson, New Britain, Conn. - 76-78--154

Dylan Jackson, Seaside, Calif. - 77-77--154

Benjamin Engle, Floyds Knobs, Ind. - 73-81--154

Paul Dagys, Oak Forest, Ill. - 78-76--154

Wesley Bryan, Chapin, S.C. - 77-77--154

T.J. Kua, Lihue, Hawaii - 76-78--154

Daryl Spivey, Meridian, Idaho - 81-73--154

Brett Patterson, McMinnville, Tenn. - 78-76--154

Ryan Black, Port St. Lucie, Fla. - 74-80--154

Andrew Yun, Chandler, Ariz. - 79-75--154

Brian Colbert, Palatine, Ill. - 79-76--155

Nicholas Scott, Union, Ohio - 74-81--155

Bryce Edmister, Rochester, N.Y. - 75-80--155

Steven Liebler, Irmo, S.C. - 79-76--155

Curtis Reed, Castroville, Texas - 78-77--155

Dick Wenzel, Sparks, Nev. - 77-78--155

Spencer Williams, Great Falls, Mont. - 82-74--156

Douglas Head, Temecula, Calif. - 80-76--156

George Gandranata, Indonesia - 82-74--156

Justin Keiley, Haiku, Hawaii - 81-75--156

Brett Cairns, Canada - 78-78--156

Nicklaus Benton, Cabot, Ark. - 77-79--156

Timothy Madigan, Rio Rancho, N.M. - 77-79--156

John Wright, Aurora, Ill. - 77-79--156

Bryan Harris, Newport Beach, Calif. - 80-77--157

Keith Kwasnik, New Britain, Conn. - 83-74--157

Kamrin Allen, Sheridan, Wyo. - 86-71--157

Joshua Chamberlain, Amherst, N.H. - 81-76--157

Nicholas Christenson, Grandy, Minn. - 76-82--158

Daniel Walker, Earlysville, Va. - 84-74--158

Steven Delmar Jr., Gaithersburg, Md. - 78-80--158

John Larson, Springfield, Minn. - 77-82--159

Sean O'Donnell, Buckeye, Ariz. - 84-75--159

Jon Brestle, Absecon, N.J. - 78-81--159

David Shields, Erdenheim, Pa. - 83-76--159

Jamie Schmitt, Grain Valley, Mo. - 79-80--159

Aaron Watkins, Loyall, Ky. - 81-78--159

Zachary Potter, Cocoa Beach, Fla. - 83-77--160

Blake Snyder, Seattle, Wash. - 82-78--160

Nicholas Brown, Rocklin, Calif. - 84-76--160

Bryan Hogan, Bakersfield, Calif. - 83-77--160

Thomas Reddick, Bardstown, Ky. - 83-77--160

Rafael Becker, Brazil - 84-76--160

Phil Caravia, Columbia, Ill. - 78-82--160

Stanton Tondre, Castroville, Texas - 80-80--160

Daniel Stanley, Boiling Springs, S.C. - 80-80--160

Mark Miller, West Covina, Calif. - 81-79--160

Gaston De La Torre, Brush Prairie, Wash. - 80-80--160

Matthew Record, Phoenix, Ariz. - 83-78--161

Christopher Brown, Garland, Texas - 80-82--162

Timothy Crouch, Mount Vernon, Ohio - 84-78--162

Glenn Przybylski, Frankfort, Ill. - 86-76--162

Jonathan Park, Denver, Colo. - 80-82--162

Yi-Hsiu Luo, Evansville, Ind. - 86-76--162

Jameson Keiley, Haiku, Hawaii - 81-82--163

Kyle Brey, Farmingdale, N.Y. - 81-82--163

Hal Willardson, Palmer, Alaska - 87-76--163

Michael Timpson, Montrose, Calif. - 82-81--163

Nick Tremps, Williamsburg, Va. - 87-76--163

Daniel Iceman III, Louisville, Ky. - 83-81--164

Elliot Soyez, Wichita, Kan. - 84-80--164

Jon Bohannon, Taos, N.M. - 83-81--164

Max Gilbert, Canada - 83-81--164

Jimmy Henderson, Lebanon, Ohio - 82-82--164

Charles Chon, Aurora, Colo. - 84-81--165

Mike Haynes, Gallipolis, Ohio - 80-85--165

Ryan Peterson, Eagan, Minn. - 87-78--165

Austin Gaugert, Lake Geneva, Wis. - 86-79--165

Nathan Hughes, Bartlesville, Okla. - 81-84--165

Casey Vangsness, Alexandria, Minn. - 82-83--165

Matthew Metje, Bonita, Calif. - 87-79--166

Max Bichsel, Cranbury, N.J. - 86-80--166

Paul Macke Jr., Cleves, Ohio - 79-87--166

Andy Okita, Mililani, Hawaii - 85-82--167

Mac Boucher, Canada - 95-73--168

Wayne Hall, Fredericksburg, Va. - 85-83--168

John Urquhart, Phoenix, Ariz. - 87-82--169

Aaron Kunitomo, Lahaina, Hawaii - 89-81--170

Landon Johnson, Pepeekeo, Hawaii - 87-84--171

Isaiah Huerta, Duncanville, Texas - 91-83--174

Tim Hogarth, Northridge, Calif. – WD-WD—WD

 

Bandon, Ore. – Pairings and starting times for the first round of match play at the 86 th U.S. Amateur Public Links  Championship being held at 6,832-yard, par-71 Bandon Trails. (All times PDT) 

  

Upper Bracket 

  

8 a.m.: Corbin Mills, Easley, S.C. (138) vs. Greg O’Connor, Alpharetta, Ga. (152)

8:10 a.m.: John Peterson, Fort Worth, Texas (148) vs. Peter Williamson, Hanover, N.H. (148)

8:20 a.m.: Talor Gooch, Midwest City, Okla. (145) vs. Garrett Rank, Canada (150)

8:30 a.m.: Ben Geyer, Arbuckle, Calif. (145) vs. T.J. Shuart, Coral Springs, Fla. (150)

8:40 a.m.: Josh Anderson, Murrieta, Calif. (144) vs. Minghao Wang, Alpharetta, Ga. (151)

8:50 a.m.: Joon Heui Lee, Las Cruces, N.M. (147) vs. Andrew Vijarro, Bend, Ore. (149)

9 a.m.: Devon Purser, Clearfield, Utah (144) vs. Kevin Lee, Cerritos, Calif. (151)

9:10 a.m.: Jed Dirksen, Hampton, Iowa (147) vs. Robert Hoadley, Southern Pines, N.C. (149)

9:20 a.m.: Harris English, Thomasville, Ga. (143) vs. Bryan Bergna, Riverside, Calif. (151)

9:30 a.m.: Scott Kammann, Baneberry, Tenn. (148) vs. Alexander Moore, Richland, Wash. (149)

9:40 a.m.: John Thompson, Coconut Creek, Fla. (146) vs. Peter Kyo Won Koo, Korea (150)

9:50 a.m.: James Erkenbeck, San Diego, Calif. (146) vs. Scott Pinckney, Scottsdale, Ariz. (149)

10 a.m.: Paul McConnell, Garland, Texas (143) vs. J.J. Holen, Castaic, Calif. (151)

10:10 a.m.: Taylor Smith, Covington, Ga. (148) vs. Herbie Aikens, Pembroke, Mass. (149)

10:20 a.m.: Julian Suri, St. Augustine, Fla. (145) vs. Eric Steger, Noblesville, Ind. (151)

10:30 a.m.: J.J. Spaun, Los Angeles, Calif. (146) vs. Sean Maekawa, Paauilo, Hawaii (149)

 

Lower Bracket 

  

10:40 a.m.: Jonathan Randolph, Brandon, Miss. (141) vs. Max McKay, St. Augustine, Fla. (152)

10:50 a.m.: Alex Williams, Cornwall On Hudson, N.Y. (148) vs. Brodie Hullinger, Vivian, S.D. (149)

11 a.m.: Kyle Beversdorf, Plymouth, Minn. (145) vs. Nick MacDonald, Lebanon, N.H. (150)

11:10 a.m.: Anthony Degol, Hollidaysburg, Pa. (145) vs. Kevin Miller, Dover, Ohio (150)

11:20 a.m.: Maxwell Marsico, Las Vegas, Nev. (144) vs. David Smith, Plymouth, Minn. (151)

11:30 a.m.: T.J. Howe, Osceola, Pa. (147) vs. Clifford Blanquicet Jr., Sanford, N.C. (149)

11:40 a.m.: Todd Baek, San Diego, Calif. (146) vs. David Flynn, Elk Grove Village, Ill. (151)

11:50 a.m.: Kevin Fitzgerald, Riverside, Calif. (147) vs. Kevin Rei, Chico, Calif. (149)

Noon: Alex Edford, Somerset, N.J. (143) vs. Paul Misko, Thousand Oaks, Calif. (151)

12:10 p.m.: Jim Liu, Smithtown, N.Y. (148) vs. Harold Varner III, Gastonia, N.C. (149)

12:20 p.m.: Derek Ernst, Clovis, Calif. (145) vs. Joseph David, Madison, Tenn. (150)

12:30 p.m.: Charlie Hughes, Canada (145) vs. Chris Mory, Haslett, Mich. (150)

12:40 p.m.: Chris Williams, Moscow, Idaho (144) vs. Dan Ellis, Negaunee, Mich. (151)

12:50 p.m.: Jack Schultz, Whitefish Bay, Wis. (148) vs. Andrew Gain, Bradenton, Fla. (149)

1 p.m.: Tim Cochran, Des Peres, Mo. (145) vs. Jesse Droemer, Sealy, Texas (151)

1:10 p.m.: Daniel Miernicki, Santee, Calif. (146) vs. Daniel Falcucci, Worcester, Mass. (149)

 

  

  

 

 

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